Two correctional officers were in the hospital Thursday with stab wounds after they were attacked the night before by inmates at the Corrections Corporation of America Leavenworth Detention Center, according to a spokeswoman for the facility.
Three inmates were placed in segregation following the incident. The center remained under lockdown Thursday as the investigation continued.
The Leavenworth Detention Center houses inmates awaiting federal trial under a contract with the U.S. Marshals Service.
Connie Parish, spokeswoman for the center, said two simultaneous attacks occurred at about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday in a day room in the facility’s E Pod, which is a high security area for male inmates.
Parish said the attacks were over in a matter of seconds. Additional officers responded to the area. The center’s special operations response team was activated.
Parish said the incident was contained to the pod.
The lockdown was initiated immediately.
The two male officers were hospitalized in the Kansas City area. One of the officers had been airlifted from a local hospital, Parish said.
She said both men appeared to be doing well Thursday.
“And we’re so grateful,” she said.
Parish said she doesn’t know how many people were in the day room at the time of the attacks.
Two of the three inmates who were placed in segregation are suspected of carrying out the attacks. The third is their cellmate, according to Parish.
“We don’t know if he’s involved or not,” she said.
Parish said weapons used in the attacks had not been located.
Parish said she did not know the motive for attacks.
She said the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office was contacted to assist with the investigation.
“They’re preparing evidence to turn over to the county attorney,” she said.